The fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013 under the theme “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.” The APC Women’s Rights Programme has a full agenda at the event as part of its advocacy efforts supporting women’s and internet rights.
While the benefits of the widespread use and applications of ICTs are many, there are also negative impacts, such as those associated with the growth in the amount of e-waste that call for the need to counter effects on environmental pollution and public health.
APC, in partnership with Point of View and the Internet Democracy Project, is conducting a workshop in Delhi, India, from 25 – 28 February 2013. More than 20 sexual and internet rights organisations are discussing ways to resist content regulation and increasing their knowledge of online security and privacy.
In his introduction to this year’s edition to Global Information Society Watch, which focuses on transparency and accountability online, David Sasaki explores the the double-edged sword of the internet as a tool for transparency, and how omnipresent observation by our peers can lead to greater accountability.
Colnodo, KICTANet, and Foundation for Media Alternatives, all APC members and partners in the project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” were recognised with additional funding to support elements of their work focusing on the promotion of women’s rights and safety online.
On February 5, 2013 the Philippines Supreme Court extended until further notice the temporary restraining order issued on the implementation of the controversial Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. This sets a milestone for organisations and individuals advocating for internet rights.
Representatives of women’s party-list group Gabriela are pushing for amendments to the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act as an alternative to the Anti-Cybercrime Law’s provisions on “cyber” violence against women in Philippines.
Four training sessions on the use of Ushahidi and collecting data on gender-based violence took place on December 2012 under the Spider project lead by APC member in Cambodia Open Institute. The training was attended by 108 commune/sangkat councilors and members of commune/sangkat committees in charge of women and children from different Cambodian provinces.
The Digital World 2012 – Knowledge to Prosperity conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh 6-8 December was an amazing mashup of private sector, government and civil society united in their interest in ICT for development. As coordinator of APC’s End violence: Women’s rights and safety online project, Jan Moolman presented Take Back the Tech! in a session spotlighting tech-related violence against women.
The 2012 TBTT campaign featured 16 stories for 16 days. Each of them presented a different way that ICTs affect the lives of women around the world. This GenderIT.org edition, editorialized by Françoise Mukuku from the Democratic Republic of Congo, reflects on some of the issues emerged from these stories of survivor and courage.